Jozi’s Books and Blogs Festival 2019 Adult Programme
Programme 2019

  • Please note: The programme is subject to change without prior notice.
  • General Admission Ticket: R10
  • There will be stalls selling educational books, educational toys and children’s books in the school hall. 
  • Parking will be available in the neighbouring school grounds.

Clockwork Books will have a pop-up-stall where readers will be able to buy copies of the participating authors’ books, as well as have their books signed. Credit card facilities are available.

10h00 – 10h30


Patidar Theatre

Keynote Speaker: Dr Elinor Sisulu

MC: SBSM Independent School Principal Mr Jateen Nana

This year we will award Author Fred Khumalo for his vast contribution to literature in South Africa and beyond.

11h00 – 12h00 ADULT Session 1


COLOURING SESSION WITH SHAMEEMA DHARSEY – Influential Philanthropist Zaheerah Bham-Ismail will be in conversation with Author, Illustrator and Vlogger Shameema Dharsey about the process of creating a book, with regards to illustration, studies, hints and tips, and life story.

Bring your own colouring pencils along, relax and colour in.

MC: Blogger Zakiyya Verachia (The Bookishnerd)

ADULT Session 2


Back by popular demand: PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP with world famous photographer Xavier Saer.

MC: Educator Mr Rafiq Jajbhay 

12h30 – 13h30 ADULT Session 1


Theatre production of Whistle Stop!

After the production, Bibi Fatima Ameen (Splashin) and Dimple Patidar chat to Author and Actress Ameera Patel and her Actor husband Jacques De Silva about their professional journeys.

ADULT Session 2



Traditionally Published Author Fiona Snyckers, Entrepreneur Mukhtar Dharsey, Self-published author Zaid Ismail, Publisher Sarah McGregor share their writing tips and publishing expertise with Author Khalida Moosa and Academic Haroon Wadee.

MC: Khalida Moosa

ADULT Session 3


Book Launch: The Economics of Love and Happiness 

Author Shafinaaz Hassim will be in conversation with Ayesha Kajee.

MC: Educator and Activist Irfaan Mangera

14h00 – 15h00 ADULT Session 1


Workshop: Forgiving and Forgetting starts with you!

Silver Lining Workshop Facilitation and Transformational Coaching Founder, Shahista Thokan will be hosting an interactive workshop with Raashida Khan, author of award-winning novels Mirror Cracked, and its sequel, Fragrance of Forgiveness.

The workshop will be thought-provoking discussions and include audience engagement on the central themes of the books: betrayal, grieving, acceptance and healing. This will be followed by reading extracts from the books and a guided free- writing session. Participants will be encouraged to journalise their thoughts, emotions and reactions to challenging incidents, attempting to work through these. Shahista will conclude this holistic workshop journey by providing tools to the audience on the different ways to let go of hurt and move towards contentment.

MC: Maymoona Chohan (Saffron)

ADULT Session 2 


All Things Social Media:

With the high cost of living in present day South Africa everybody wants to learn how to make money! Join Ziyaad Plaatjes and his wife Nabihah Desai – Plaatjes as they discuss all things social media with Zakiyya Patel (CherryTop Clothing), Safeera Kaka, Fatima Moolla (Timeless Teenz), Dilshad Parker (HungryforHalaal) and Melleny Smith (Abooktropolis01). You will discover how they created a social media presence, on which platforms do they engage, how do they create a following, how to make money off social media and other benefits.